Assistant Director, Development
Jennifer graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and a minor in French. She then worked in public relations, serving a variety of clients and companies. After several years, she switched gears and earned her Master of Science in Technical Communication from the University of Houston-Downtown and returned to her passion – non-profit work. She joined the CHILDREN AT RISK team in 2016 managing grant efforts. As a mother of two, Jennifer is passionate about improving lives for all children throughout. Continuing her desire to help others that began with her first volunteer position at the age of 13, she continues to serve her community. Currently, she volunteers for her children’s schools, supports Southwestern as an alumni volunteer, and serves as a Girl Scout troop leader.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A child psychologist.
Which teacher had the greatest impact on you?
Mrs. Monk – Unlike most children, I did not like Kindergarten. I was forced to cut and paste and wait for everyone else to finish, instead of being able to go off and read on my own. Finally, in 1st grade, Mrs. Monk realized that I was anxious to leave the scissors behind, and she let me get lost in the reading corner for hours on end!
What is your dream for Texas children?
My family has been incredibly blessed, and my children have been the recipients of some amazing opportunities. I think every child should be given the same chances. As I recently heard, “Genius is evenly distributed in America; access is not” (Bret Champion, CEO, YES Prep CEO).